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Evacuation operation aborted as U.S. planes come under fire in South Sudan

Evacuation operation aborted as U.S. planes come under fire in South Sudan

 A mission to evacuate Americans from South Sudan was aborted Saturday when an aircraft carrying U.S. military members was fired upon as it prepared to land in Bor, wounding four of them, the Pentagon said.
12 of the world's most spectacular Christmas trees

12 of the world's most spectacular Christmas trees

(CNN) -- Twinkly lights and tinsel? That's so last Christmas. Christmas trees don't have to be traditional to look spectacular. In fact, some of the most memorable ones this year are anything but.
Sevens heaven: Rugby for cowboys, ancient Greeks, men dressed as nuns

Sevens heaven: Rugby for cowboys, ancient Greeks, men dressed as nuns

It's played from the sun-soaked sands of the Pacific Islands to the mud-sodden playing-fields of England's most exclusive private schools.
TTYL: Tourist walks off pier while Facebooking

TTYL: Tourist walks off pier while Facebooking

(CNN) -- In one of the most memorable status updates we've seen in a while, a Taiwanese tourist in Melbourne, Australia, was so absorbed in Facebook that she walked off the end of St.
Most Googled destinations in 2013

Most Googled destinations in 2013

(CNN) -- One country's dusty backyard is another country's dream vacation, according to Google's 2013 year-in-review list. Published Tuesday, the Zeitgeist charts reveal the hottest travel destinations by country.
Most Googled destinations in 2013

Most Googled destinations in 2013

(CNN) -- One country's dusty backyard is another country's dream vacation, according to Google's 2013 year-in-review list. Published Tuesday, the Zeitgeist charts reveal the hottest travel destinations by country.
Twentieth Century Fox theme park announced

Twentieth Century Fox theme park announced

(CNN) -- Disney and Universal will soon have competition on the film-inspired theme park front. Twentieth Century Fox has just unveiled plans to join the thrill ride party.
Six U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Six U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Six International Security Assistance Force service members died following an aircraft crash in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, according to NATO. They were U.S. soldiers, a U.S. defense official says.
Amazon workers in Germany on strike over wages

Amazon workers in Germany on strike over wages

The Houston Chronicle is reporting: hundreds of workers at Amazon.com in Germany have walked off the job in an effort to put pressure on the American online retailer in the busy days before Christmas to settle on a new wage agreement.
Thanks to science, there are more baby pandas

Thanks to science, there are more baby pandas

CHENGDU, China (CNN) -- The researcher dressed in blue plastic smock, slippers and gloves is having a tough time getting his work done.
Mandela laid to rest in Qunu, ending a journey that transformed South Africa

Mandela laid to rest in Qunu, ending a journey that transformed South Africa

 With military pomp and traditional rituals, South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, the end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned president who transformed the nation.
What happened? Behind the Twitter blocking backlash

What happened? Behind the Twitter blocking backlash

(CNN) -- Say this for Twitter: They may not always know what their users want, but once they learn what their users don't want, they fix it in a hurry.
Real travelers' best tips

Real travelers' best tips

(CNN) -- While Travel + Leisure has its own little black book of hotel tips and air travel tricks, we wanted to take a page out of yours, too.
Nelson Mandela funeral: What to expect as global icon is laid to rest

Nelson Mandela funeral: What to expect as global icon is laid to rest

Ten days of mourning for South Africa's anti-apartheid icon and former leader Nelson Mandela will come to an end Sunday with his state funeral.
North Korean execution raises more question than answers

North Korean execution raises more question than answers

 Take one part Shakespeare's "Hamlet," two parts Machiavelli's "The Prince" and an even larger measure of guesswork and North Korea's latest political drama could seem like a Cold War thriller.